Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Here is the latest NHS and Healthcare News from the last week that our Team focused upon at Medical Solicitors!

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  • NHS ‘in perpetual winter of Narnia’ as waiting list reaches record 3.9m

The NHS is missing so many of its key performance targets that it has entered “the perpetual winter of Narnia”, a medical leader has said, after figures revealed the highest ever number of patients on waiting lists. Claire Marx, president of the Royal College of Surgeons, criticised the NHS’s failure to give patients planned care in hospital within the required 18 weeks, such as surgery for cataract removals, hernia repairs and hip and knee replacements.

8 September 2016

  • Seven-day NHS ‘impossible under current funding levels’

A seven-day NHS is “impossible” to achieve with the current funding and staffing levels, the chief executive of NHS Providers says. Chris Hopson told the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme that “something has to give” and there should be a debate about which services to sacrifice “rather than pretend the gap doesn’t exist”.

11 September 2016


  • Can data shape the future of mental health support?

Brown believes that bringing together information with public and open data into a single digital space is one way that could innovate how advice is delivered.

7 September 2016

  • ‘We are not providing the best care to patients with dementia in recovery’

Helena plans to use her chief nurse junior fellowship to explore and tackle the issues surrounding providing care to patients with dementia in post-anaesthetic care.

8 September 2016

  • Sugar intake in children ‘double recommended level’

Children aged four to 10 are consuming twice as much sugar as they should be and teenagers three times as much, a national survey of diets has found. It also found that adults are still eating too much saturated fat and not enough fruit, vegetables and fibre.

9 September 2016


  • Babies born by caesarean more likely to be obese as adults, study suggests

Babies born by caesarean section are more likely to be obese as adults, according to a study that suggests the way we are born could have a lasting impact on health. Birth by caesarean was linked to a 15% higher risk of obesity in children compared with vaginal birth.

6 September 2016

  • Statins benefits underestimated, review says

The benefits of the cholesterol-reducing drug statins are underestimated and the harms exaggerated, a major review suggests. Published in the Lancet and backed by a number of major health organisations, it says statins lower heart attack and stroke risk.

8 September 2016

  • Could counselling help you beat back pain?

Among Britons, a staggering 10 million working days were lost to back pain in 2014 and 4.2 million of those were among those aged 50-64. Meanwhile, lower back pain is now the leading cause of disability in the world, affecting one in 10 people and increasing with age, according to a large study published in 2014 in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases.

12 September 2016


  • Miami Beach protests against use of Naled to fight Zika-carrying mosquitos

Aerial spraying to kill Zika-carrying mosquitoes in Miami Beach is set to begin on Friday despite growing protests over the use of the controversial insecticide Naled, which is banned across Europe because of concerns over its safety.

8 September 2016

  • Pneumonia: The signs, symptoms, causes and treatments of the life-threatening disease that could alter the US election

Pneumonia, the disease that Hillary Clinton is suffering from in the middle of her election campaign, can become serious with a matter of hours and symptoms may last for months.

12 September 2016


  • I’m just not the retiring sort, insists nurse aged 83

An 83-year-old nurse who has been caring for patients since the birth of the NHS has told hospital bosses that she plans to continue working — despite the modern uniforms.

8 September 2016

  • ‘World’s smallest baby’ now thriving at nine months old

Emilia Grabarczyk was born via caesarean section at 25 weeks, and is believed to be the smallest ever baby to survive such an early delivery. At the time of her birth in the German city of Witten she measured 22 centimetres and weighed just eight ounces; at 25 weeks a healthy baby would typically weigh around three times that amount. Her foot was just an inch long.

9 September 2016

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